Arizona's 2022 HB 2596 is a bill which would require the state legislature to review elections and also give them the power to reject the results without further oversight. It also eliminates most early and absentee voting and requires people to vote in their home precincts, rather than at statewide vote centers.
The bill was introduced by arch-conservoid Representative John Fillmore (R). Although Fillmore does not seem to embrace the myth that the 2020 election was stolen ("This is not a President Biden thing. This is not a the other red-headed guy thing.") he does appear to believe that elections in general have become suspect ("I don’t care what the press says. I don’t trust ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox or anybody out there. Everybody’s lying to me and I feel like I have a couple hundred ex-wives hanging around me.") although of course he offers no evidence for this because the Republicans have been stoking this narrative for years as an excuse to impose vote suppression measures.
- The Hill: Arizona bill would allow legislature to overturn election results Rep. John Fillmore (R): «We should have voting in my opinion in person, one day, on paper, with no electronic means and hand counting that day. We need to get back to 1958-style voting.»
- RS: GOP Lawmaker Pushes Bill to Let Him and His Pals Overturn Elections
- Arizona bill would let state lawmakers reject election results «HB 2596 simply reflects his belief that the state constitution gives lawmakers ultimate oversight of elections, Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction told Capitol Media Services on Wednesday.» Oddly enough, Fillmore does not specifically embrace the stolen-2020-election myth.
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